Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Children & Youth Affairs Anne Rabbitte has called on Minister Katherine Zappone to outline what measures have been put in place to ensure that the huge failures to act youth crimes, which were reported yesterday, will never occur again.

Deputy Rabbitte was responding to a report published by An Garda Síochána.

“This report revealed that there were nearly 8,000 youth crimes which were never progressed or prosecuted. It seems that a number of these cases involved serious offences, something which I find deeply worrying. It is simply horrendous to think that a person could make a report of a serious crime to An Garda Síochána and that would not be acted on”, said Deputy Rabbitte.

“This is unfair to the victims of these crimes, but it also affected these young offenders, who failed to receive the appropriate interventions from the justice system and the broader state. It should be remembered that 57 of the child offenders referred to in this report have since passed away. It is possible that proper intervention could have averted this. As Garda Commissioner Drew Harris commented, “These were people living chaotic lives”.

“I am calling on Minister Zappone, as Minister with responsibility for the young people of Ireland and for Ireland’s Youth Justice Service, to account for this massive failing and explain what her Department will be doing to ensure that such an issue does not recur.”